Landscape Horticulture | St. Clair College
Program Code: T866
Status: Waitlisted
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September

Temporary Delivery Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Fall 2020 Program/Course Delivery

Contact:
John Lein
519-972-2727 ext. 4344

Program Overview

One of the fastest growing career industries in Ontario.

A Horticulture Technician provides product and service expertise with landscape design and construction including grounds maintenance. The landscape technician is trained to operate and run greenhouses and manage retail garden centres including the care of interior plants in commercial complexes.

This program will appeal to those with a passion for design, growing and caring for plants, as well as a strong interest in nature and environmental issues. Every day is Earth Day.

Program Highlights

  • More summer and graduate job opportunities than the number of students, year after year.
  • Students work with the College on grounds maintenance and plants installation on the College’s 110 acre arboretum where there is a wide spectrum of exotic botanical plants.
  • The Horticulture Team has achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in the Canada/Skills Landscaping Gardening Competition held at Rim Park in Waterloo.
  • Strong community involvement assisting with design solutions for community and municipal projects.
  • Students will be prepared to pursue Landscape Ontario’s Landscape Industry Certified Technician Exam, and also receive training for certification in Pesticides (Technician and Exterminator), Front End Loader/Skid Steer Operator and Chainsaw Certification.
  • Summer paid employment opportunities exist on campus for Landscape students.

Career Opportunities

Typical entry-level positions range from project estimator and designer to managerial roles. Positions exist with landscape construction companies, design/build companies including, paving, planting, irrigation, and maintenance. Those completing the program also have the skills and knowledge to start their own landscaping business to managerial roles.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level qualify for admission to this program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
LND119
Horticulture Science
3
LND124
Sustainable Turf Care
2
LND106AB
Plant Materials I
3
LND129
Landscape Horticulture I
7
LND127
Construction Theory I
2
LND130
Horticulture Theory I
2
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
LND320
Outdoor Floriculture
2
LND206A
Plant Materials II
3
LND225
Landscape Horticulture II
7
LND227
Construction Theory II
2
LND230
Horticulture Theory II
2
BDT100G
Environmental Awareness
3
LND220
Urban Tree Study
2
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
LND319
Landscape Design I
3
LND322
Plant Materials III
2
LND301A
Irrigation
2
LND325
Landscape Horticulture III
7
LND327
Construction Theory III
2
LND330
Horticulture Theory III
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
LND422
Plant Materials IV
2
LND423
Landscape Horticulture IV
6
LND427
Construction Theory IV
2
LND430
Horticulture Theory IV
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
LND431
Landscape Design II
2
LND444
Integrated Plant Protection
2

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2020-2021 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Horticulture Technician - Landscape (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 53905)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply the principles of plant and soil sciences to complete work in horticulture.
  2. Apply practical horticulture skills to the production of plant materials, including herbaceous plants, woody plants, and turf.
  3. Apply the principles of design to horticulture.
  4. Apply basic installation and construction principles and practical skills to horticulture.
  5. Implement maintenance procedures for plants, property, and equipment.
  6. Utilize knowledge of plant identification, usage, and maintenance criteria.
  7. Recognize the potential environmental effects of projects and the need to avoid environmental damage and promote healthier ecosystems.
  8. Apply the principles and practical skills of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to indoor and outdoor plants.
  9. Contribute to the effective planning, implementation, and conclusion of projects.
  10. Use safe working practices.
  11. Use business practices appropriate to the horticulture industry.
  12. Act in a professional manner, maintain professional relationships, and communicate effectively with clients, co-workers, supervisors, and others.
  13. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance and career opportunities and to keep pace with industry changes.